Phillies’ Roy Halladay pitches perfect game


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Everyone knew the Phillies were getting a dominant pitcher when they traded for Roy Halladay, and he is certainly living up to expectations as he threw a perfect game last night.

Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay threw the 20th perfect game in major league history, delivering the marquee performance of his All-Star career in a 1-0 win over the Florida Marlins on Saturday night in Miami.

It was the second perfect game in the majors this month. The A’s Dallas Braden was perfect against Tampa Bay on May 9. And Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez threw a no-hitter in April.

Halladay struck out 11, then got pinch hitter Ronny Paulino to ground out to end it, and was cheered by a crowd of 25,086 throughout much of the night.

“It’s never something that you think is possible,” Halladay said. “Really, once I got the two outs, I felt like I had a chance. You’re always aware of it. It’s not something that you expect.”

The only question that remains is whether Halladay will be as dominant in the post-season. The Phillies traded away Cliff Lee when they acquired Halladay, and Lee has proven himself as a stud in the playoffs. Wouldn’t the two of them look great together at the top of a playoff rotation?

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Oklahoma State vs. Texas
Top-ranked Texas has won 10 straight games against OSU and have staged some incredible comeback victories during this streak. In 2004, Oklahoma State led 35-7 before surrendering 49 straight points to the Longhorns. In 2005, Texas trailed 28-9 late in the third quarter, only to rally and win. Last year, the Longhorns came back from a 35-14 deficit late in the fourth quarter to win on a field goal as time expired. This season, the Cowboys are 7-0 and are in the top 10 for the first time since 1988, but are they mature enough to finish a game against Texas? Regional coverage begins at 3:30 PM ET Saturday on ABC.

Penn State vs. Ohio State
A win on Saturday night could put Penn State in prime position to finish the season undefeated and earn no worse than their first Rose Bowl berth since the 1994 season. The best matchup on the field could be between the Nittany Lions offensive line vs. the Buckeyes defensive front. Penn State is the No. 1 rushing offense (235 yards per game) in the Big Ten, while Ohio State has the No. 1 rushing defense (97 yards per game) in the conference. And the Nittany Lions are trying to win in Columbus for the first time since 1978. Let the pushing and shoving begin. National coverage begins at 8:00 PM ET Saturday on ABC. Click here for the official Ohio State-Penn State smack thread.

The World Series
The World Series could become the wet series this weekend when it shifts to Philadelphia. The National Weather Service latest forecast predicts a 90 percent chance of rain on Saturday. Major League Baseball officials acknowledged that Philadelphia is going to get rain, but the main question for them is how long? Game Three is Saturday at 8 PM ET and Game Four is on Sunday at 8 PM ET; all World Series games are on Fox.

New York Giants vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
They first met as rookies in 2004, Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger have led their teams to Super Bowl victories and both appear to be in good shape for another title run this season. Roethlisberger developed faster at the quarterback position and led the Steelers to three straight road wins en route to a Super Bowl title in 2005. Two seasons later, Manning did the same, guiding the Giants to three road playoff wins before defeating the previous undefeated New England Patriots in the Super Bowl last season. Manning’s New York Giants travel to Heinz Field to take on Big Ben’s Pittsburgh Steelers in a rare matchup of 5-1 teams this Sunday. Coverage begins at 4:15 PM ET on Fox.

Phillie Phanatic creates a scare

A serious incident tuned into a humorous scene, as the Philadelphia bomb squad was called to Citizens Bank Park to investigate a mysterious package outside the ballpark on Thursday.

The police concluded the package contained hot dogs and condiments left by a film crew that shot a commercial with the Phillie Phanatic earlier in the day.

According to the Philadelphia Phillies web site, the bomb squad handled it accordingly:

The Philadelphia Police’s bomb squad detonated the packages and sounded an “all clear” for fans to return to the park, a Phillies spokesperson reported.

“The police reported that this package did not contain an explosive device,” Michael Stiles said.

Shortly after the package was detonated, multiple reports surfaced that the packages contained hot dogs and condiments left by a delivery person.

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